NJII appoints leadership changes to growing Defense Division

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Newark-based New Jersey Innovation Institute on Wednesday said Stacey Clark has been appointed as the vice president of the Defense Division and Sam Gatley as the deputy director. These changes come alongside the announcement of Brig. Gen. William “Bill” Marshall’s transition from leading the division. He will remain as an adviser for special projects.

Marshall has spent years serving the public good. Before joining NJII, he served ‌more than 35 years in the New Jersey National Guard, where he achieved the rank of brigadier general. Overlapping with most of this, he spent 29 years with the Montclair Police Department, where he retired as captain. ‌His‌ ‌work‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌Department of Defense Advanced Development of Asset Protection Program has‌ ‌received‌ ‌national‌ ‌acclaim‌ ‌and‌ ‌was‌ ‌recently‌ ‌mentioned‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Army’s‌ ‌”Gold‌ ‌Book”‌ ‌recognizing‌ ‌significant‌ ‌contributions‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌DOD.

“Gen. Bill Marshall has been the driving force behind our Defense Division since NJII’s inception and can be credited with supporting dozens of faculty members, hundreds of students, and building the robust Defense Division that we have today. We are thrilled to have him stay with us on special projects to ensure a smooth transition and the continued utilization of his expertise,” NJII President Michael Johnson said.

NJII’s vision is to double in size by exceeding $70 million in revenue by 2030. Defense Division initiatives play a key role in driving the diversification of revenue streams and launching new divisions and programs.

For the last 15 months, Clark has been leading the Defense Division at NJII as deputy director. Her oversight of the division as the vice president will be crucial to the expansion of capabilities and government programs, utilizing her experience in International Organization for Standardization standards development, materials science and systems engineering.

With over three decades of experience with the Army, Clark is an innovative leader in the materials engineering field. She held the position as deputy division chief, materials and manufacturing, where she dedicated 27 years to the practical use of engineering to advance research and development of technology for the Army. Clark holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering, materials, from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in environmental engineering from Stevens Institute for Technology.

Gatley moves from director of operations overseeing key initiatives to deputy director of the Defense Division in recognition of his accomplishments. Gatley launched the Collaborative Operationalized Manufacturing Engineering and Training initiative in partnership with the Department of Defense. Today, COMET is a highly collaborative relationship with the Army that drives agile innovation for next-generation problem solving while supporting workforce development.